Profile of a Toolmaker: Q&A with The Rodon Group's Ray Merritt

In a recent Q&A, Ray Merritt — a toolmaker and moldmaker with over 50 years of experience — sat down to discuss what he does for The Rodon Group, how times have changed since he started out in the business of toolmaking and mold making, and what the industry can expect going forward.

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MFG Day: Improving the Public Perception of Manufacturing

Next Friday, October 6th is National Manufacturing Day. As a U.S. manufacturer, we are proud to be participating in this annual event for the sixth time and excited to open our doors to students and educators from local technical schools and colleges. 

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The Importance of Women in STEM and Manufacturing Careers

As an American manufacturer and a family-owned business, we are always looking for ways to support the future of not only our company but other American manufacturers. We know the impact of STEM education on today's youth and often provide tours for high school and college students that are interested in careers in STEM related fields.  And on Manufacturing Day, we bring students in with their educators to discuss the opportunities available and give them a close up look at what it's like to work for a highly automated manufacturer. 

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Exposing students to the "cool factor" of manufacturing

The need for talented manufacturing students is great

Last month, two of our Design Engineers at Rodon, attended an annual local event called "Manufest". Manufest began a few years ago as a way to get high school students interested in careers in manufacturing and to provide them with an opportunity to learn about manufacturing companies and the types of jobs available to them after they graduate. This particular event was sponsored by the Montgomery County Commerce Department/Montco Works in partnership with the Bucks/Montco Alliance, Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Montgomery County Community College, and the MidAtlantic Employers' Association.  

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Students and STEM: Manufacturing our Future

We have all heard about the positive impacts of manufacturing on our economy, but how much do middle and high-school students really know about pursuing these well-paid jobs? At The Rodon Group, we have put a great deal of effort into getting the word out about STEM education and the long-term careers this industry provides. 

Part of our campaign involves a national event called Manufacturing Day. This annual event began in 2012.  It was the brainchild of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

In its first year, the event was hosted by 200 manufacturing companies nationwide. In 2013, the event spread to over 800 manufacturing companies who conducted presentations, tours, and hands-on challenge contests.  So far, this year, nearly 1,400 have signed up, with over 65 in Pennsylvania alone.

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Veterans Should Consider a Toolmaking Career

At Rodon, we owe a great deal of our success to the work our toolmakers do. Toolmaking is one of our primary capabilities in our manufacturing process, and our team of professional toolmakers has over 25 years of experience producing high volume plastic parts.

What kind of person makes for a great toolmaker?

This highly demanding job requires dedicated individuals who possess great technical aptitude. The search for toolmakers should surely include one subset of the population: veterans.

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Exposing students to the "coolness" of manufacturing

The need for talented manufacturing students is great

Last month, two of our Rodon employees, Dan Raymond and Matt Juckniewitz attended an annual local event called "Manufest". Dan is our Toolroom Foreman, and Matt is one of our Design Engineers. Manufest began last year as a way to get high school students interested in careers in manufacturing and to have a chance to meet with local manufacturers to learn about the companies and the types of jobs available to them after they graduate. This particular event was sponsored by the Montgomery County Commerce Department/Montco Works in partnership with the Bucks/Montco Alliance, Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Montgomery County Community College, and the MidAtlantic Employers' Association.  

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Insight into Today’s Skills Gap Problem

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Building a Strong Manufacturing Sector in Pennsylvania

Take a look at recent headlines and you will notice a lot of buzz about manufacturing.  Manufacturing in the United States is experiencing a renaissance along with all things made in America.  Even Wal-Mart has pledged to increase the number of U.S. made products it purchases to $250 billion by 2032. 

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